Banana Smoothie

Banana smoothie recipe

The Spruce Eats / Nita West

  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 drink (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1037 Calories
13g Fat
230g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 drink (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 1037
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 230g 84%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Protein 18g
Calcium 474mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The sweet taste of a freshly made banana smoothie is hard to resist. While you can add all sorts of flavors to it, the basic recipe will show you just how easy it is to make at home. It's a tasty option for a simple breakfast smoothie and a healthy treat for a hot summer afternoon.

This banana smoothie recipe requires just five simple ingredients, all of which you may already have in your kitchen. It's an excellent way to use up ripe bananas before they're too far gone and only good for banana bread. The smoothie is sweetened with honey and uses vanilla yogurt to give it a lovely creaminess. Don't skip the vanilla extract, either! It gives the smoothie a subtle depth of flavor that really sets it over the top.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for banana smoothie
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a blender in the following order: honey, vanilla extract, bananas, vanilla yogurt, and ice.

    Pour in blender
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  3. Gradually increase the blending speed and blend until the mixture is smooth.

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  4. Pour the drink into a chilled glass.

    Pour into chilled glass
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve smoothie
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  • Make a large batch and store the excess in the freezer. When you're ready for another smoothie, set it out for about 5 to 10 minutes so it softens up enough to drink.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the honey with agave nectar. For a liquid sweetener that's a perfect pairing for bananas, try cinnamon simple syrup.
  • Replace the yogurt with a scoop of ice cream to create more of a banana milkshake. While vanilla is often preferred, chocolate's a great option. It's best to add 1/2 to 1 cup of milk as well.
  • No yogurt? Blend your smoothie with 6 ice cubes (or 1/2 cup crushed ice) and add about 3/4 cup of milk. Coconut milk and any of the popular dairy alternatives work well too.
  • Add strawberries for a strawberry banana smoothie.
  • Peanut butter banana smoothies are delicious and a little more nutritious with 1/4 cup of oatmeal blended in.
  • Use sesame paste with a little cinnamon to make a banana tahini smoothie.
  • Build a banana split smoothie by liquifying your favorite banana split toppings. For instance, use just one banana and add 1/2 cup of diced pineapple and 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries. Squeeze in fun toppings like chocolate, butterscotch, or caramel syrup, or add a tablespoon of peanut butter or coconut flakes. Top it with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup, and a maraschino cherry.
  • If you want to spike this drink, add 1 ounce of banana liqueur. Or, use a flavored vodka like whipped cream, vanilla, or banana (it's hard to find but out there).